Role of Scrutineers
What is a Scrutineer?
A Scrutineer is a candidate’s representative who observes the voting process at a voting station.
Why are Scrutineers important?
Scrutineers help ensure that a fair and transparent election is conducted.
Who can be a Scrutineer?
A Scrutineer must be at least 18 years old and appointed by a Scrutineer Appointment form.
What can a Scrutineer do?
- Observes the election process at a voting station;
- May object to a voter with reasonable grounds; and
- May, at the count, object to a ballot being counted as either valid or rejected.
What can’t a Scrutineer do?
A Scrutineer cannot:
- Prevent someone from voting;
- Campaign on the premises used for the voting station (including wearing buttons or other apparel related to a candidate);
- Use a cell phone during voting hours in the voting station; or
- Interfere in the election process at the voting station.
How do I become a Scrutineer?
A Scrutineer must present the Scrutineer Appointment form, signed by the candidate, to the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer at a voting station on election day. Only one Scrutineer per candidate is permitted in a voting station at a time. Please contact your preferred candidate to learn more.